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Old 11-09-2012, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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cool little article about veterans and the dogs that help them with ptsd.
thoughts from all but especially the combat vets on here are welcome.

War vets find solace in four-legged friends - CNN.com
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Idk if still the case, but when I was at WSU you could get a phd in pet therapy and the program was started by a nuclear physicist that had worked in Los Alamos on the Manhattan project...i forget his name but was a big time guy. Pets help alot of folks that have trauma.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They've found this to be the case in a lot of different situations. Trauma, illness, mental challenges, depression, etc etc etc. Something about an animal that loves you unconditionally (dog) or hates you unconditionally (cat) but will let you pat it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Not surprised! Animals can be good therapy for many emotional or psychological issues. They make no judgments, no demands that you "Be" anything that you aren't, or can't be.

No need to feel self conscious around them, no need to worry about "what do they think of me"! They accept you as you "Are"!! Right there, right now! Complete and "Perfect" acceptance!!!! You don't need to "Get Better",.. Get "Fixed" or get your shit together before they can accept you!!

With Pets,.. You are OK, just because you ARE!! Look at all the cases of abused animals who after everything they've been through,.. STILL, just want there masters affection!!!!
They don't even "Demand" that you treat them well in order to earn their devotion!!! (...which is why, I personally think people who "Don't",.. should be ground up and fed to pigs!!!) ...but that's a different discussion!

I can act a complete "Fool" in public with my dog, and not worry one bit who's watching or what anybody thinks!! I will start up conversations with total strangers who are out with their pets, when had they been by themselves, I would NEVER have spoken with them!

It would seem that in many instances,.. a pet's presence can work to overcome many emotional insecurities or social barriers. It's just easier to interact with others when you are "Assured" of at least one other being's complete and unconditional Love and Acceptance!

I can see that going a LONG way to healing all kinds of ailments!!!
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if only we were the people our dogs think we are
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've seen a difference in my dad, he has some form of PTSD from Nam and when he and my mom got their first dog in over 10 years he had a change, then when I got my German Shepard he had a change, and when they got their second dog he seemed to really mellow out. He still suffers or enjoys his ptsd but the difference in him is noticeable. It's kind of funny but I think he sleeps better with the dogs around.
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